One of the most difficult realizations that people can experience in life is that they are losing their hearing. It can be a very gradual process, or it can happen suddenly. Regardless of how it occurs, it is a hard reality to face. One of the first things someone may think about when they begin to lose their hearing is how they’ll communicate with others and how their social life may change. What they may not think about right away is how they can take advantage of assistive listening technologies to improve their life.
According to the Hearing Loss Association of America, about 48 million people in the United States suffer some degree of hearing loss. Still, shockingly, only 1 in 5 people who could benefit from assistive listening devices actually use them. What is especially unfortunate about this is that hearing loss has been shown to negatively affect mental and physical health, social life, and even income. In fact, untreated hearing loss has been associated with depression, anxiety, and feelings of isolation.
Luckily, assistive listening technologies have come a long way in the last few years and offer more options than ever to those suffering from hearing loss. In fact, the ADA requires assistive listening in most public places, typically defined by the ADA as “spaces where communication is integral to the space, and audio amplification is provided and in courtrooms.” However, one public space where these types of technologies are still optional is places of religious worship. The benefits of assistive listening technology in places of worship, though, can have profound advantages for those with hearing loss and their families. This is because having these devices helps comprehension and enjoyment of services, which engages more people and makes them feel included.
At JD Sound and Video, we’re committed to helping people experience more of the world around them through our innovative assistive listening solutions. We offer several different assistive listening technologies to the specific needs of your space.
Our assistive listening solutions can be implemented for a wide range of uses, including assistive listening, interpretation, two-way conversation, GPS-Triggered functionality, and workplace communication and safety.
Integrating assistive listening technologies into a business or public space such as a religious institution or government building not only improves the experience for those with hearing loss but also sends a message that everyone is welcome and included. If you would like more information about our assistive listening solutions, please complete the included contact form. We’re passionate about delivering assistive listening technologies that improve people’s lives and would be happy to help you determine the best solution for your specific needs.